Just to prove we’re not sat with a Caffé Latte on the roof terrace all day...
Just to prove we’re not sat with a Caffé Latte on the roof terrace all day...
It's nice when something is actually printed these days rather than just being online. The first edition of Sculptorvox magazine is available for pre-order and includes an article written by our MD Neil A which outlines an arts project he is currently collaborating on and puts this into the context of his past work.Check it out here>>
Please support the mag if you can as it's the first of a groundbreaking publication, and you can say you were there at the very beginning of something out of nothing!
One of our more interesting jobs this month was filming local wine tasting expert Paul Robinson in the atmospheric surroundings of Blackfriar's Restaurant in Newcastle upon Tyne. The client is offering up centuries of experience from the wine growers of Europe to the growing Chinese market. Paul happily quaffs a few ruby reds and offers his advice on all aspects of tasting wine.
China is a growing market for European wine consumption and we hope this online series will be a great success… one of many. You can follow developments online on their wechat or weibo account at: yinglunweidao 英伦味道
Drum roll please... Our new website for Disability North has now gone live. The site has lots of functionality built in – including a PA vacancies listing and a second hand listing, plus the abiity to book online, blog and donate to this very important charity. We even designed them a new logo.
You can also watch the video we made on the home page. A powerful supplier directory is currently hidden whilst the company profile pages are being populated.
We hope you’ll take a look. And for those of you with screen readers...it’s looking like a beautiful day!
It will not have escaped your notice that there is a general election approaching. This month we were out on the streets trawling opinion. Well, to be specific, our MD Neil A was – accompanying his daughter Holly Baxter who is VOICES editor at the Independent.
Neil became her snapper for a few days... Here he is in Darlington, hanging out with a rather cardboard looking Jeremy and Theresa. The lovely smiley waitress in the pic works at a charity restaurant called ‘The Fork in the Road’... very appropriate we think...Read the article here >>
Our new client Derma products produce a wide range of creams and ointments that sooth and assist in calming all manner of dermatological conditions. For starters they needed some product photography of their new range so that’s where we began.
Looking forward to getting to grips with lots of other cool marketing material for our dynamic new chums!
This month we have been involved in a lovely project involving a ceramic artist and a print artist who are working with school age groups based in Gateshead. The children and young adults have been considering what it might be like to build a house without all the usual restrictions...and just let their imaginations go to town. It has been a very uplifting experience, seeing them so enthralled in their creations. Photographing in this situation is both a challenge and lots of fun too.
There will be a show of the work produced, in Trinity Square Gateshead next month so look out for further shout outs.
On a cold Feb morning the guys we were out on Blyth quayside for our client Royston Engineering - ready to photograph a rather large shaft that had to be delicately hoisted over and into the MTS Viscount’s engine room. It was a bit like passing a piece of thread through a needle. With one large crane and a few dedicated hands, this heavyweight got threaded through the hatch and into the engine room. Sounds easy but it was quite a struggle.
Taking photographs in this sort of situation is a balance between getting into the middle of the action as much as possible, whilst making sure you don't become an irritant to the process. The guys were very good at ignoring our snapper and the client was very happy with the series of images we gave them telling the story of this particular installation. Job done and an interesting day out in beautiful Blyth...
Straight into the new year... and we have now completed our video showcase for Disability North – complete with subtitles to make it as accessible as possible for a wide range of viewers. This has been a great project to work on and features both staff and clients, giving an overview of all the invaluable work the charity does. So far feedback has been amazing, so massive thanks to all who took part!
With the video soon to be released into the public domain, we are now working on delivering them a new website, which is going to have more functionality and a bright new feel. More on this in the coming months.
You may be aware that Christmas is approaching (joke) so we’re updating the news early this month to wish anyone who pops by a very happy one!
It’s been a less than uplifting year from a global perspective but we really, truly hope that – whichever way your politics swing - next year we can all work towards a bit of world harmony... it’s gotta make sense...(photo from neil armstrong's video installation "Send three and fourpence...")
We are now working on a video for Disability North which is going to showcase all the services they provide and give a friendly face to some of their key personnel. We have also filmed a small selection of the good folks they have helped, who were a joy to work with.
This is in production and will be ready in the New Year. It's been loadsa fun so far..
Our good friends and client East River PR wanted a makeover on their website. We have just made them a lovely new site which reflects all the things they do – simple, straight to the point and with some nice big tinted images which give a flavour of their world. Works great on all devices...from wide screen to mobile phones.
They love it... and so do we.
Disability North asked us to make a video presentation for their annual conference, featuring well known disability rights activist Ruth Abrahams MBE. Her lifetime of advocacy and action in the field of disability rights was featured for an invited audience to watch on the big screen.
Ruth was exceptionally patient, allowing us to film her around her home as the backdrop to her presentation. Her father had been an enthusiastic amateur film maker, and we incorporated some of his 8mm film footage into the final programme, making it a very poignant, entertaining and informative piece.
As well as working for all our lovely clients - our MD Neil Armstrong also pursues his own art practice, and this month sees the launch of his new website. Only seems right that we should give it a plug here as there is a lot of very thought provoking work on the site. It really acts as a snapshot of his current artistic career.
Go take a look here> we are sure you will be intrigued. The attention to detail, skill and care he brings to his own projects applies equally to his commerical and corporate work for clients.
As we are about to embark on a couple of new video projects for Newcastle University - we thought we would give you the link to the intro to Science Central in Newcastle we produced not too long ago... this is an amazing project and just one of a suite of videos we made for this initiative. Really looking forward to working with new departments within the university on yet more technologically innovative projects.
It's a meter for testing someting pretty important... but sometimes it's not so important to know what it does - just to make it look good. Ok it's a bit small to see here, but we did some retouching and it looked the business for a recent press ad. We like nice industrial objects... and why not - they have a beauty all of their own.
Some interesting folks arrived on our doorstep from RECOAT based in Glasgow. They make urban art that's a million miles away from 'grafitti' ...though that doesn't stop it getting added to by a few local taggers.
The space it looks across falls into an ongoing art project we're developing so we said 'hi' to the guys n gals and did a little interview which may get used at a later date. They were heading off into Europe to continue the project... whose borders we hope remain unfettered and open to collaboration in the future.
Our client Royston Engineering does a lot of that - it's all part of the service. Some recent on-site photography with lights and ladders is bringing this to the attention of a few more people.
Don't always do this but decided to use some coloured gels this time... really bangs out the beautiful orange.
We had a great time in lovely Liverpool filming vox pops with the locals this month. It is 75 years since the first tin of SPAM landed on our shores courtesy of the yanks, hence being chosen as the kick off point for a summer tour across England to spread the word. Many local people have connections to the factory that made it and one guy has even changed his middle name to 'I love SPAM' by deed poll! Yes it's a crazy world we live in.
We have just finished the edit so check it out here>>
This was a great project to work on and loadsa fun!!
Had the pleasure of photographing the ceramic work of artist Judith Davies this month. Her work is subtle - echoing the forms found on beaches, with each piece being reworked until it has a unquie organic form. She was delivering some pieces to show at the Bluecoat Display Centre in Liverpool and wanted photography that emphasised the tactile, muted feel of her work. Very happy to work with such a talented artist.
Just added some new clips into our showreel on here ... hope you enjoy!
You may have noticed it was christmas this December... and we would like to wish everyone a very happy and productive new year. What more is there to say... let's get on with it!
One of our more fun jobs this month was photographing the new intake of computer science PhD students at Newcastle University...so in the spirit of festivity here they are all being suitably (well sightly) animated!
Working with our long time client Royston diesel power, our very own Neil T flew over to Nigeria to help cement a deal with British run Nigerian building contractor BCL.
There are lots of opportunities for power generation in a country which is rapidly developing and we are excited to be involved in supporting this. First job is a re-vamp of the BCL website and then comes the marketing push...
Our MD Neil A was chosen by the North East Photographers Network and Great North Culture to be one of 5 artist and photographers this month to undertake a workshop in the wonderful Great Hall in the Discovery museum in Newcastle, learning about collodian photography. They were also given a tour of the eclectic TWAM archives. The workshop involved leaving the digital world for a day and getting down and dirty with chemicals and glass plates...woohoo...and here's the result.
He chose to photograph an early calculating machine which the museum kindly allowed him to use (with gloves on of course!). It fits in with a bigger project of his...but that’s a longer story!
We had fun filming digital artist Victoria Bradbury this month. She is completing a PHD at Sunderland University and about to take up a teaching post in her native USA – but before she left for the States she setup a very intriguing art installation for us to film.
She works with computer code, alongside physical material. Basically – by touching fingers the assembled audience was able to make a connection across two points which, in turn, made a needle move across the screen and interact with all manner of projected visuals generated from weather data. Got that?? A piece full of intriguing interplay we thought...
This month was full on Science Central filming in Newcastle. It’s a great project to work on as it covers both the human aspect - the people stories, plus it offers a chance to showcase a beautiful building, its architecture, and how it sits in the larger context.
What better way to film the full panorama than by flying a drone around the building and getting a seagull's view. The guys at the Daedalus Group did a great job and really put some time in getting to know the location. British weather being its usual unpredictable self, we had to pick our moments... and then there is the wind to think about too. Luckily GPS locking helps a lot to keep the drone rock solid whilst getting some stunning bird's eye shots.
Hard to resist that headline. We are amazingly happy to have been awarded the contract by Creative Space Management to film the Science Central developments in Newcastle upon Tyne - of which the flagship building 'The Core' is the first to be built.
This is much more than your average development though and will form a complete science based community of business and academic/industry based research. It's a real privilege to have been given the job as it offers a fantastic opportunity to show how real world thinking is being undertaken at the coalface of the 21st Century.
Did I say coalface? Well actually the site used to be a coalfield - followed by Scottish and Newcastle Brewery. As time moves inevitably onward, we look forward to being part of a signifcant future vision right on our doorstep.
A 2 day shoot in the Netherlands and a 5 day edit straight after to meet a live event deadline left us a tad bleary eyed. The client was very pleased though so it was all worthwhile. Client anonymity means we can't give lots of detail however we can tell you we were given a tour of the facility on beautiful sit-up-and-beg bicycles...It was a sunny day too yay!
KLM managed to lose our tipod on the way back but made up for it the next day by delivering it back hasto pronto.
We spend most of our time promoting other businesses, and we're never happier than when we're doing that. Now and again though we have to wave our own flag and tell other people, who might not know everything we do, a little bit about the wonderful work we produce for our lovely clients.
We have put together some pdf's that describe various aspects of the industry sectors we have worked with recently. It even includes a rare photo of our two head creatives Neil and Neil!! It has got to be worth asking for a copy just for that >>
On location recently one of our tasks was to photograph some VERY big ships engines with huge cylinder heads, crankshafts and pistons that get refurbished and sent back to work all shiny and new. Had to show you this as it looks like a magic trick...dry ice to contract the insert just enough for it to slip snugly into its hole (with a little persuasion from a mallet).
This action has to be completed in one swift move or it won't go in ...so we practised a few times to get the focus perfect. It dangles in the air on a magnetised rod ...far from being a mundane industrial shot!
larger version here >>
This month saw the launch of a new version of the Dermacool website. It's not a big site but we have added functionality to include a content managed area where the client can upload their own files and, once registered, allow customers to download them - making life a little simpler for all concerned.
With some nice new product photography taken in our own studio, the site has had a spring clean and looks fresher for it!
Pegida, the anti-Muslim organisation from Germany chose Newcastle upon Tyne for their first UK demonstration. Intolerance of other cultures and beliefs is not something we condone, so we joined the MUCH larger anti-pegida march to show our solidarity for a more inclusive view of the world.
You can see some of the pics we took here> . A negative became a positive...we all know where hate gets you...
It's good to meet people - and what better way than to make them smile? Snapping people out and about is one thing but often we are asked to take portraits of them in their corporate surroundings and sometimes they might not be totally relaxed.
Time is of the essence in these situations but so is putting them at ease.
Have camera will travel - we did a lot of that in January.
Chances are you already know, but if you haven't joined the ranks of geekdom yet - a GUI is a graphical user interface. Grand title but, like so many acronyms, it's quite straightforward. Basically we have been working on a new set of screens for one of our clients who has a rather impressive bit of software which monitors the where, when and what of ship functionality.
Fuel consumption related to throttle control, alongside a variety of other ship handling data, feeds back to both the shore and to the ships Master as a bridge display. Our contribution is making the front end look good and clear to use for the latest release in 2015.
These are interesting times - we wish you all the most dynamic and prosperous of New Years!
You don't need a sledge hammer to crack a cookie for many sites - but if you haven't already got a policy you should do a cookie audit to see what information your users require.
The best place to start we have found is here >>
Hope this helps...enjoy!
Yes folks (as you can see) our NEW WEBSITE IS LIVE...yay! We have started up a new twitter account as well (to the right of each page) so if you feel inclined please follow us and we can all keep an eye on each others interesting news. We promise to update regularly!
If you find any issues with the site please let us know - it is made to reconfigure on different platforms, but if you have an problems we would value your feedback.
After 15 years at the helm, Su Jones is stepping aside at AN and AIR - the most useful artists network and on going information organisation in the UK. We were very happy to be asked to make a 3min video for her leaving do which encapsulates her time there. Not possible of course but we did our best! The video was a great success on the night and is now live on the their website. You can view it here >
Pharma Assist are a Netherlands based compounding pharmaceutical company. We had been over previously to shoot some footage which looks at their processes. They wanted us to turn a video around within the week which they could use for an upcoming event. There was no voice over required so we cut it to music giving an impressionistic overview of their company. Now their sales force also has it resident on the ipads they take on client visits. Works for us!